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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Pho Thai Binh Duong

11528 Bellaire Blvd.

This pho restuarant is a bit hard to find and is further West than Hong Kong Supermarket outside the Beltway. Located in a run-down shopping center, this pho shop specializes in something most other pho shops don't even attempt: dry pho.

The specialty here is "pho ga kho," that translates into "pho chicken dry." The general concept is to take the pho ingredients, chicken, rice noodles, scallions, fish sauce, pepper, etc., and place those in a bowl separate from the pho broth. But it's not that simple. They also top the dry ingredients with things you don't see in a normal bowl of pho, like fried bits of garlic and vinegared onions. The taste is really qutie different from a normal bowl of pho.

The way to eat this monster is to eat the dry ingredients (that are quite moist) and follow that mouthful of dry ingredients with a scoop of the broth. If the dry ingredients are too dry, add a few spoons of the broth to wet it up a bit. Add fish sauce and pepper as required to the dry ingredients. Every now and then munch on the optional chicken gizzards and hearts in the broth. Thank me later for this recommendation.


Anonymous said...

The dry pho is awesome. I thought you're suppose to put hoisin sauce on it (the black pastey stuff).

They also have the Pacific bowl pho which is like 2 or 3 large bowls of pho. Their regular pho isn't too shabby either.

The only thing I don't like here is the bbq pork over vermacelli.

February 22, 2007

Huan said...

you can put hoisin on it and fish sauce on it. some people also like vinegar on it. i'm not a purist when it comes to pho... whatever you like on it should get placed on it. pho is like a hamburger to me... to each his own.

i saw the pacific bowl pho too. it looks ridiculous!

February 25, 2007

Texas Chef said...

Sorry I can't email this question but we'll try this. There used to be a Viet sandwich shop next to Wellcome Market in the 91 hundred block of Bellaire. The served a great "soup", probably Pho, that had a broth, noodles, vegetables and topped with crisp pork slices and served with Nuc Cham. The place was called Ba Le. Can you tell me if it is still open or in another place? Bill Moran San Diego, TX

March 02, 2007

Huan said...

I don't think it's pho because of the crisp pork. Were the noodles yellow or white?

Ba Le is still in town--though I can't remember if it's still where you remember it. The ownership has changed. multiple times.

March 06, 2007


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